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NYTimes Ignores Hamas Hiding Behind Journalists

6:45 PM, Nov 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The New York Times has again attempted to negate the presence of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Reporter David Carr claims that two senior Hamas terrorists killed last week in precision Israeli airstrikes were in fact journalists. 

The report, sensationally titled 'Using War as Cover to Target Journalists,' contains serious factual errors that render the accusation that Israel “targets journalists” false. The Times reports: "Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama worked as cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas and whose reporting frequently reflects that affiliation. They were covering events in central Gaza when a missile struck their car, which, according to Al-Aqsa, was clearly marked with the letters 'TV.'"

"Yet al-Kumi and Salama were not journalists—in fact, they had spray-painted “TV” on their car in an attempt to disguise themselves as journalists and thereby prevent the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from firing on them. The disguise didn’t fool anyone except for David Carr and the New York TimesWho in fact were they?

"Muhammed Shamalah, commander of Hamas forces in the southern Strip and head of the Hamas militant training programs, was targeted by an Israeli air strike while driving a car clearly labelled [sic] 'TV', indicating it to be a press vehicle, abusing the protection afforded to journalists." ...

Instead of condemning Hamas for attempting to pass off terrorists as journalists, Carr promotes the ploy and condemns the IDF for killing terrorists he thinks were journalists—despite ample evidence of their real profession.

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